“God is strong and can keep you from falling. He can bring you before his glory without any wrong in you and give you great joy”— Jude 1:24 NIV
On what basis can we make it all the way to the glory of the next life and everything it includes? Does it all depend on us? Does it all depend on our ability to do what is right and avoid doing what is wrong? Not according to our verse for today.
According to our verse, it all depends on God. It all depends on God’s strength. We will make it through to the end because God is strong. He is the awesome and almighty Lord of heaven and earth who controls the destiny of all things and He can make sure that we stand firm to the end. He can make sure that we receive the three things promised in our verse.
First, He can keep us from falling. That is, God can keep us from falling away from faith in God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the one who predestined us to be conformed to the image of His son and He can keep us from falling away from the son (Romans 8:29). Even though we may still sin, we will not abandon the faith. Although we may stumble, we will not fall, for the Lord upholds us with His hand (Psalm 37:24).
Second, God can bring us before His glory without any wrong in us. That is, God’s glory will be revealed on Judgement Day and He can make sure that at that time we are “blameless and holy” (I Thessalonians 3:13) and “without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22). Our righteousness before Him will not be due to anything we have done, but because He has sustained our faith in Jesus Christ.
Finally, He can give us great joy. On Judgement Day we will have great joy because we will be found acceptable in the sight of God. As a result, we will inherit all the blessings of the next life. We will have great joy knowing that we have been rescued from sin, sorrow, and an eternity in hell.
If you have stumbled, don’t forget that God is strong. He will keep you from falling all the way down.
Mark 8: 34-38 Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it. For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life? What can anyone give in exchange for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
After Jesus’ encounter with his disciples concerning who they thought he was, he offers the following discourse on how to save your life as well as how to live it.
Some of his comments might be confusing and against today’s standard of how to be successful. Jesus says that if we want to follow him we have to deny ourselves. In today’s society that’s almost an impossible task because we tend to think of ourselves first.
When we are happy with our successes we become prideful and think we are the ones responsible. If we don’t want to confess that Jesus is the reason then it would indicate we are ashamed to be associated with his name. Based on that Jesus said, “if you are ashamed of me in this sinful world then upon the day I come into glory with the Father, I will be ashamed of you.”
That statement has significant and lasting results on where one spends eternity. If we don’t accept him as our Lord and Savior and proclaim His gospel of the good news, He will not stand in our place before the Father on judgment day.
This Easter take the time to reflect on what Jesus did on the cross and the end result. He beat death, rose from the grave and sits at the right hand of the Father. Our acceptance of His death for the remissions of our sins will position us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.
So, don’t be ashamed of the name of Jesus but instead Take Up Your Cross and proclaim the Good News. He is alive.